Weekends can be a rough time when you are trying to stay on a healthy eating plan. Things like parties, weddings, and outings with friends and family can ruin your overall calorie intake.
The main goal of any diet or weight loss plan is to eat LESS then you burn. In a sense, you are “banking” calories, (or saving up) so that you can create a calorie deficit. Depending on how much you bank… determines how much you will lose. If you save 1,000 calories per day, you will lose 2lbs per week.
So what do you do when the weekend is coming and you still want to keep you goals in check?
- Try scheduling your calories based on your activities. If you know you will be eating a heavy dinner, then eat less during the day. Although you want to consume less, don’t eat less meals (this will slow your metabolism). Just eat smaller meals through out the day.
- Avoid eating heavy foods until the end of your meal. Fill up on salads, veggies and proteins FIRST. At the END of your meal eat the heavy things. This way, you will eat less of them!
- Stay away from empty calories. Empty calories are calories consumed from foods that lack nutritional value. Thinks like cakes, desserts, alcohol and sodas. This should be a rule that you use ALL the time, not just on the weekends. Make healthy choices and never drink your calories. If it can’t be avoided OR you chose to cut loose.. then plan ahead and intake less calories from other sources.
Staying healthy and fit doesn’t always mean you have to “go without.” It just means that you have to make conscious choices. Planning your way to a better body can make all the difference!
(CPT, PES, CES, BS)